Company Claims Its Software Can Magically Identify 'Rogue Sites'
from the that's-not-how-it-works dept
A company called RogueFinder is claiming that it has automated the process for finding rogue sites:
The basic idea is to draw links between seemingly unconnected “rogue” web sites, e.g. web sites selling counterfeit goods. According to the RogueFinder web site, its software takes minutes to do what it takes forensics teams months to achieve.Sounds useful for playing parlor tricks. Not so sure for a system involved in blocking protected speech. As we've discussed time and time again, one of the issues in all of this is that determining what is and what is not infringing is not an easy task. At all. It takes a human being who can actually analyze the situation and how it falls under copyright law -- including exploring specific exemptions. It's time that we got rid of the myth that there's any significant way to magically identify what's infringing and what's not.
It uses data from registries, registrars, web hosts, servers, and ISPs as well as inspecting the sites’ “invisible source code”.